Thursday, March 19, 2009

10 top selling fantasy books in 2008 in which vampire characters played a major role

Good list from Vampire Librarian

Here are the 10 top selling fantasy books in 2008 in which vampire characters played a major role. This list is based on a compilation of sales data from

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
by Stephenie Meyer
Meyer closes her epic love story of a human, a vampire, and a werewolf in this, the final installment of the saga. The story opens with Bella and Edward’s wedding, and relations between Jacob and Bella remain uneasy. An unexpected event throws their idyllic world back into chaos as factions (both wolf and vampire) battle over whether or not to destroy the potential monster that is killing Bella from within.

Sookie Stackhouse Box Set
by Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris has released Books 1-7 in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery series. These are currently on sale at Amazon for almost half off the list price. If you lile True Blood you’ll love these books. Why? Because True Blood is based on these books.

From Dead to Worse (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 8 )
by Charlaine Harris
After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death…and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 9)
by Charlaine Harris (will be released May 5, 2009)
The next installment in the wildly popular Sookie Stackhouse series will be available in May of this year. Charlaine Harris has released the first chapter of Dead and Gone online as an appetizer.

At Grave’s End (Night Huntress Book 3)
by Jeaniene Frost
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. And if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself, and Bones, from a fate worse than the grave. I’ve read Books 1 and 2 and highly recommend them. Jeaniene Frost is a fantastic writer that does a great job balancing action, romance, and suspense in her books.

Betrayed (House of Night, Book 2)
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Young vampire Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night school. She’s come to terms with the vast powers that have been bestowed upon her finally feels like she belongs. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. In this installment Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. Note: I just ordered Marked (House of Night, Book 1) the first book in the House of Night series. This is a young adult series that sounds really interesting.

Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)
by Charlaine Harris
This is the first book in Charlaine Harris’ incredibly popular Southern Vampire Mystery series. In this book we’re introduced to Sookie Stackhouse, a Louisiana waitress that has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Sookie meets Bill Compton, a vampire who has maintained his humanity. Additional characters in the ensemble are Eric Northman, Bill’s vampire “boss”, Sam Merlotte, Sookie’s boss and the owner of the bar where she works, and Jason Stackhouse, Sookie’s womanizing brother. This is a fantastic read and is a testament to the brilliance and talent of Charlene Harris.

Many Bloody Returns (Sookie Stackhouse)
by Charlaine Harris, Tony Kelner, Kelley Armstrong, and Jim Butcher. Edited by Toni L. Kelner.
From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone’s favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker’s dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories offers a fresh and unique take on what birthdays mean to the undead. From Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse attending a birthday party for Dracula to Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden battling bloodsucking party crashers, these suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous stories will ensure paranormal fans will never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again.

Definitely Dead (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 6) by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse, the lovable telepathic waitress from Louisiana, is off to New Orleans to close out her dead cousin Hadley’s apartment. Hadley’s death six weeks earlier had been unexpected, since, as a vampire, she was already dead. Still, she’d led a lively existence as the main squeeze of the Queen of Louisiana, a vampire whose political marriage to the King of Arkansas occurred the night before Hadley’s demise. Sookie and Amelia Broadway, Hadley’s landlady and a pretty cool witch, immediately discover a mess of trouble left behind in Hadley’s closet, and Sookie is soon neck-deep in even more!

Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11)
by Jim Butcher
The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council—and there’s only one, final punishment for that crime. He’s on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden. If you’ve kept up with this fantastic series you know that Morgan loathes Harry; having to rely on Harry to clear his name is the last thing he’d want. However, Harry’s a good guy with a soft heart so he juggles finding the traitor within the Wizard’s Council, keeping a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoiding coming under scrutiny himself. This is a wonderful series that any fantasy fan will like.